Scherzo Ensemble is looking for singers seeking performance opportunities for a production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia to be staged in summer 2019.
Scherzo Ensemble is a collective of singers in training, looking to expand into opera as a way of providing a platform for young musicians and creatives. The opera will be performed in full and sung in Italian with English surtitles, accompanied by Scherzo Orchestra.

The Company

Matthew O’Keeffe (Conductor)

Matthew is a conductor from London.After graduating in 2017 he founded Lunchbreak Opera which performs 1-act opera in the City of London. He founded Scherzo Ensemble in 2016 which has performed major oratorios, many chamber concerts and 3 opera galas. He is also Music Director of Brixton Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 2018. He has recently taken over as Artistic Director of the St Michael’s Arts Festival which runs in for 2 weeks each October. Opera repertoire includes Die Fledermaus, Noye’s Fludde, Bastien und Bastienne, Prima la Musica, Candide & Suor Angelica. Next year, he will MD Gianni Schicchi & Berkley’s A Dinner Engagement.

Sebastian Freeburn (Director/Designer)

Sebastian studied fashion design at Central Saint Martins. This year he assisted on a semi-staged performance of Gianni Schicchi (The Barbican), directed Laki In Love and contributed designs for The Beautiful Game (both The Drayton Arms). Sebastian regularly collaborates with Constella OperaBallet, working on projects presented at The Arcola, Sadlers Wells, Kings Place and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.


30th June at Longhope Estate, Hampshire (accommodation and transport provided)
5/7/12/14 July at Charlton House, North Greenwich
15th July at the Canary Wharf Outdoor Theatre, London


20th June 18:00-21:00 in King’s College London, Music Call
24-27th June 10:00-17:00 in KCL, Stage rehearsals
29th June, all day at Longhope.
4th July, afternoon at Charlton House


Chorus – 4 tenors and 4 basses, to include Fiorello, Ambrogio & Police Officer




Auditions will be held remotely. Please send your CV and a video or audio recording to [email protected]. Please include whether you would like to be considered for one of the minor roles. If successful you may be required for stage rehearsals from the 17th.